Runners, Bikers, and Pedestrians: Watch out for Distracted Drivers!

We’ve all seen distracted or impaired drivers like this person, weaving in their driving lane or driving on the shoulder of the road. New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1131. Driving on shoulders and slopes reads as follows: Except for bicycles and those classes of vehicles required to travel on shoulders …, no […]

Don’t Text and Bike, Distracted Bicyclists Pose Risks

LaMarche Safranko Law has represented countless victims of distracted driving each year. Although 11 teens die every day as a result of texting and driving, the same dangers exist for distracted bicyclists as well.[1] Is Texting While Biking Legal? Many states are currently toying with legislation that would outlaw distracted biking, with nearly identical restrictions […]

Reducing Risks for Walkers, Bikers and Runners

More often than not, tragic accidents involving walkers, bikers and runners can be avoided by following the traffic signals and by taking proper precautions.  At LaMarche Safranko Law, we want you to be as safe as possible and are giving away reflective bracelets to help runners/joggers/walkers be seen.  Please provide us an e-mail and contact information […]

New York Rules of the Road for Bicyclists

Everyone who uses the roads in New York State – whether on four wheels, two wheels or two feet – would be safer understanding the rules for bicyclists. Bicyclists must ride on the right shoulder or edge of the roadway, or in a bike lane whenever there is one available. While bicyclists are allowed to […]

Q: If I am not in a bike lane and am injured, can I still seek damages?

A: By law, bicyclists should utilize bike lanes when they are safely available. However, even if you were not riding in a bike lane, if the motorist who struck you was negligent, you may still seek damages and have a viable claim. Different circumstances in each accident can affect the outcome in a personal injury claim. […]

Q: Are bicyclists allowed to wear headphones while riding?

A: Bicyclists are only allowed to use one earphone for audio devices, including telephones. It is important to be able to hear your surroundings while riding a bicycle. The same New York law prohibits the use of earphones or headphones in more than one ear by automobile drivers and motorcyclists on public highways. Violation of New York […]

Q: Do I need a bicycle light when riding at night?

A: New York bicyclists are required to have two lights from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. The front bicycle light must emit white light and be visible from five hundred feet. A rear red light must be visible for three hundred feet. One bicycle light must also be visible from the […]

Q: I didn’t wear a helmet. Are my injuries my fault?

A: While helmet use can save lives, there is no law in New York State requiring persons over the age of 14 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. Bicyclists and bicycle passengers under 14 must wear a helmet. If a bicyclist over 14 suffered a head injury after being hit by a car, […]

Q: Is it legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk?

A: It’s pretty much a given that cars shouldn’t be driven on sidewalks, but laws regarding bicycling on sidewalks are set by local jurisdictions in New York. This means it may be perfectly legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in one city, but not in the next town. Some local jurisdictions don’t regulate sidewalk […]